Maple Street Natives in Melbourne, said that people were looking for plants that were drought tolerant and cold tolerant. She has been selling a lot of Adam's needle and Asclepias tuberosa. She's holding starry rosinweed, another big seller.
Her husband, Brent, enjoyed going in and hearing some of the presentations yesterday, especially Stephen Buchmann's talk 'Trouble in Paradise: Are We Loosing Our Native Bees?' Brent appreciated the fact that Stephen was so personable and he was able to go up and ask questions after the talk. I went to that one, too, and learned so much. You'll be hearing more later on topic!
Serenoa repens. They sell a lot of palmettos for restoration and development, but are open for retail two days a week, (407-568-1333). They have a lovely blue variety, the Seranoa repens, var. glaucus, for sale. Jim had a huge variety of plants for sale in addition to the palmettos, lots of flowers and shrubs. He said he was not going to have to take as many home as he had feared!
Nursery sales have taken a hit lately, along with everything else, but there were a lot of people here who had lists they had been longing to fill.
|How to plant a pawpaw|
|Brightman Logan, All Native|
|Marc Godts, Green Isle|
Frances Alsobrook, on the left, from Hawthorne, said that the tarflower was his biggest seller. "People see them and know what they are and they want them," he said.
We voted on some changes to the FNPS by-laws this morning, to streamline the board meetings, and Frances told me that he had helped write the first by-laws over 30 years ago! Now that's pretty cool. He doesn't have a website, but he knows a ton, and you can call him at 481-3795 if you're near Hawthorne.
|Sarah Keifer, The Natives|
There has just been so much going on this weekend, it has been impossible to take it all in and write about it, too. But you can bet you will be learning more as we have the chance to read our notes and share.